Komen 'Race for Cure' Registrations Drop
Planned Parenthood controversy partially to blame: rep
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2012 9:48 AM CDT
In this April 14, 2012, photo walkers show colorful signs and attire during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Joyce Marshall)

(Newser) – Following its Planned Parenthood debacle, Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is sputtering: In Washington, DC, registration is down almost 40% this year for Saturday's race, and registrations are down elsewhere as well. "I think this is a trend we’re seeing," a Komen spokesperson tells the Post. "Clearly we are seeing that some people may still be staying away because of this issue we had earlier this year."

Donations to Komen affiliates are down as well, although the organization won't say how overall fundraising has been affected. In some locations, like Detroit, registrations fell but fundraising remained the same. In others, like Southern Arizona, registrations and donations both fell so much that it could not give out as many grants this year to community organizations. "We really hope people won’t look at 30 years of good work and let that be harmed by a few weeks of controversy," the spokesperson says. "We’ve apologized for this, and we still need to take care of women … who need us."

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GetScreenedNow
Jun 28, 2012 8:39 AM CDT
Screening mammography saves lives. Argue about the radiation or the causes if you like, but the fact is more than 220,000 women will get breast cancer this year. The sooner it is detected, the easier it is to cure, and the less painful and expensive that cure will be.
oldhat
Jun 1, 2012 12:01 PM CDT
the co my wife works for withdrew support when K caved into plan parenthood
janelanejones
May 31, 2012 9:09 PM CDT
"... and we still need to take care of women … who need us." and so did planned parenthood, you dumb assholes! btw, the "search for a cure" will go down as one of the biggest money making scams of all time. billions later and still the same answer: chemo. no more government funds until REAL progress is made.